BANGS – A Bangs police officer who was conducting a traffic stop sustained minor injuries and a motorist was arrested on a felony DWI charge after her vehicle struck the officer’s patrol truck Friday night, a Department of Public Safety trooper said.
Officer Corey Lockett was treated and released at Brownwood Regional Medical Center, Mayor Eric Bishop and trooper John Moody said.
Carmen Moore, 45, of Bangs, was arrested on a charge of DWI with a child passenger, Moody said. Moore is free on $10,000 bond, Brown County Jail records state.
Lockett had made a traffic stop on Hall Street on the east end of town and was sitting in his patrol truck writing a citation or warning when Moore’s vehicle struck the driver’s side of Lockett’s truck, Moody said.
The police truck sustained heavy damage and was pushed forward into the other vehicle involved in the traffic stop, Moody said. That vehicle sustained minor damage.
Moody said he spoke with the officer Saturday. “He sounded like he was doing OK. He had some bumps and bruises,” Moody said.
Moore declined medical attention, Moody said.
She was headed for Brownwood to pick someone up when the accident happened, the trooper said.
Bishop said the accident happened around 7 p.m.
The Bangs City Council hired Lockett in August, helping to replenish a department at the time run entirely by BPD Chief Jorge Camarillo since February.
Lockett joined the BPD after serving in the armed forces as a military police officer and came to Bangs by way of El Paso, where he worked as a school resource officer.